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Alumni/ae News Online July 2015

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Rob Roy McGregor '57 has written a translation from French into English of John Calvin’s Sermons on Job: Chapters 1 – 14 (2014). It was published as an e-book by Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh.



Steve Huntley '61,'69(ThM),'79 (DMin) retired from Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA.



John “Jack” Gleason '70 (ThM),'87 (DMin) received the Paul W. Strickland Institutional Chaplaincy Merit Award from American Baptist Churches, USA. He also edited the Pastoral Caregiver’s Casebook, Vols. 1-4.



Susan Bryan '85 retired as pastor of Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, OH.

Kay Daniel '86 was ordained July 11, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, Rushville, IL. She will serve as interim pastor in Rushville and also at First Federated Church of Clayton, IL.

Coile Estes '86 is interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Cartersville, GA.

Paul Kirbas '88, '94 (DMin) is pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, OK. 



Julie Lehman '92 (MATS) is director of the Montreat fund and major gifts after having served for ten years in a similar capacity at Warren Wilson College.

Susan Moorefield '92 is pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church, Sun City, AZ.

Brent Baker '93 (ThM), '00 (DMin) has retired as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Mesa, AR. He is now executive director of Scottsdale Charros/The Charro Foundation in Scottsdale, AR.

Jane Dasher '93 received a Master of Science degree from Buffalo State Graduate School May, 2015.

Jennie Thomas '93 recently earned CPE supervisor status with ACPE and is spiritual care director and chaplain at Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans LA.

Peggy Hinds '94, '12 (DMin) is a certified coach with the International Coach Federation, both for individuals and congregations. She has just begun a 2-year contract as interim executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches.  

Thomas Pickering '97 (DMin) retired from Cordova Presbyterian Church, Cordova, TN.

Mary Katherine Robinson '97 is pastor of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, Black Mountain, NC.

Laura Cunningham '98 is pastor of Western Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC.

Todd Green '98 is associate professor of religion with tenure at Luther College, Decorah, IA. He has a new book just out in May called The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Fortress Press).

Jennifer McGee '98 is working at Brevard Rescue Mission in Brevard County, FL. It is a Christian ministry working with homeless women and children to help them attain self-sufficiency and prevent future homelessness.

James S. Welch '98 (DMin) recently published his first book, Life Unlimited: Overcoming Obstacles on Your Path to Abundant Life.

SeungTae Lee '99 (DMin) is interim pastor of Korean Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, NC.

William Sharman '99 (DMin)  is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, MS.



Russell Benton '01 is pastor of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC.

Jane Fahey '01 is interim associate pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA.

David Kwon '01 and his family have departed for Istanbul where he is called to the multi-ethnic international church. He says he’s been told that Istanbul is the NYC of the Islamic world.

Michael Kirby '03 is pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church, Evanston, IL.

Rebekah Close LeMon '03 was ordained at First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, March 22, 2015, where she is executive pastor.

Kally Elliott '04 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Oceanside, NY.

Franklin Fant '04 is director of foundation services and church relations at Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina.

Davis Hankins '05 is an assistant professor at Appalachian State University.

Stuart Higginbotham '05 has been invited to give the Jane Baird Lecture September 17, 2015 at the Cathedral of St. Phillip in Atlanta.

Sue Riggle '05 is pastor of New Hartford Presbyterian Church, New Hartford, NY. She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary May 9, 2015.

Russ Blackwelder '06 is assistant professor, director of geriatric education at Medical University of South Carolina and associate medical director for wellness at the Village of Summerville (Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina).

Brandon Brewer '06 recently completed an extended Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD, and is a lecturer, conference leader, presenter and panelist on topics concerning “end-of-life care.

Meg Flannagan '06 married the Rev. Adam Fischer May 10, 2015 and is the pastor of Sweet Hollow Presbyterian Church in Melville, NY.

Patrick Laney '06 is the executive director of Maranatha Camp and Conference Center, Scottsboro, AL.

Ryan Baer '07 presented a workshop entitled “The Truth Shall Set You Free: How to Implement a Financial Literacy Workshop in Your Congregation” at the March 2015 Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference in Kansas City. In June, he served as the Week 1 Worship Leader at Mo-Ranch’s Junior High Jubilee Conference in Hunt, TX.

Tom Bryson '07 received his Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary May 9, 2015.

Claire Butler '07 is the regional campaign manager for the West Virginia ANCHOR Partnership program for the American Heart Association.

Valdir Franca '07 (DMin) is area coordinator, Latin America and the Caribbean at the Presbyterian Mission Agency in Louisville.

Rachel Parsons-Wells '07 is teaching elder and director of religious life and service at Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC.

Sarah Walker Cleaveland '07 was ordained February 15, 2015 at Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY. She is serving as the acting associate pastor and spiritual director of Winnetka Congregational Church, Winnetka, IL.

Adam Copeland '09 has been named director of Stewardship Leadership for Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He began his new position July 1st.

Richard Proctor '09 is rector at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.



Matt Baker '10 and his wife Elizabeth are proud parents of Sarah Catherine (Sally) born July 1, 2015 weighing 8 lbs. 7 oz.

Jenny Sumner Carswell '10 was recently granted her certification as Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at Tampa General, Tampa, FL.

Tim Dodenhoff '10 is pastor of River Valley Presbyterian Church, Covington, KY.

Pamela Gnagy '10 is pastor of Marcellus First Presbyterian Church, Marcellus, NY.

Cornelius J.E. Lloyd '10 was ordained March 15, 2015 at Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur, GA. He is minister to youth/young adults/college students.

Matthew Ruffner '10 is pastor of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX.

Sara Dorrien '11 and Will Christians '11 were married June 27, 2015 in Kalamazoo, MI. Sara is serving Pine Island Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, and Will is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Decatur, MI.

Christine Kaplunas '11 is pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, IA. She also continues to serve Unity Presbyterian Church in Clarksville, IA, holding summer worship services on Wednesday evenings.

Neill McKay '11 is pastor at University Community Presbyterian Church, Fairbanks, AK.

Nick Setzer '11 and Mia Levetan '13 are co-pastors at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Longview, TX.

Laura “Arlo” Jones Tysinger '11 is pastor of Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church, Sunland, CA.

Nathaniel “J.R.” Dunlap '12 received his Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary May 16, 2015. His dissertation was titled, Possessions, Resources, and Finances (PRF); Helping Communities Understand the Relationship between Financial, Spiritual and Physical Needs. He was the first student in his cohort to graduate from the Theories and Practices of Conflict Transformation track.

Joshua Graves '12 (DMin) has written a book entitled How Not to Kill a Muslim: A Manifesto of Hope for Christianity and Islam in North America. He is minister at Otter Creek Church of Christ, Nashville, TN.

Elizabeth Toland Smith '12 left her position as associate pastor for youth and young adults at Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA to follow her husband Bart’s call to pastor of St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Tucson, AZ.  She will be looking for a new position in the area.

Sarah McClellan '13 married the Rev. Jonathan Brown November 15, 2014. Sarah recently completed Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, GA.

Shavon Starling-Louis '13 was featured on “Our New Day Begun”, a series of stories of young African-American leaders from across the PC(USA).

Lucy Strong '13 was ordained February 22, 2015 at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN. She is the UKirk Director at Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA, and in the North Decatur area.

Kate Brearley Buckley '14 and husband Stuart are proud parents of a baby boy, William Benton (Ben) born April 6, 2015 weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz.

Elinor Dale '14 was ordained January 11, 2015 and is associate pastor of youth and family outreach at First Presbyterian Church, Muncie, IN.

Rebekah Lamar '14 is associate pastor for Christian Formation at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN.

Tara Paul '14 (DMin) is associate pastor at Birmingham United Methodist Church, Alpharetta, GA.

Will Ratcliff '14 and Bonnie Mellage '15 were married June 20, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, Auburn, NE.


In Memoriam

Jeffrey R. Allen ’62

November 18, 2014

Ewell C. Black ’65

March 14, 2015

William A. Crosland '52

April 19, 2015

Wade P. Huie '46

May 30, 2015

William C. Hunt '60    

May 28, 2015

Jack E. Morris '61

November 11, 2014

Rupert H. Pickett, Jr. ’61

February 6, 2015

Jose Rivera ’68

October 22, 2014

Tim Simpson '94

April 8, 2015

Carl Smith '61

January 2, 2015

Eldon Wadsworth '58

December 11, 2014